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NFL Week 9 FOX Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers Preview

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers – FOX, 1:00 PM

McCaffrey excelling in his role

This offense has been held together by the versatility of second-year back Christian McCaffrey.

Olsen still working his way back

Greg Olsen has started slowly since coming back from his injury earlier in the season. The Panthers are hoping their tight end can regain his past dominance.

Kawann Short has been stout against the run

The Panthers have had a lot of success against the run thanks to Kawann Short. He's been a reliable player for them on that defensive line and continues to be a huge factor on that defense.

Kuechly being Kuechly

Luke Kuechly has been the leader in the middle of that defense. Throughout this season, he has been one of the best linebackers in coverage with an 83.0 coverage grade.

Fitzmagic has been playing at an elite level

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been excellent this season. His passer rating of 119.4 is the sixth-best in the league when passing from a clean pocket.

Mike Evans dominates when contested

With regards to contested catches, no one pulls them in at a higher rate than Mike Evans. With a contested catch rate of 83.3%, its clear Evans has a knack for going up and getting the ball whenever it is in his radius.

Mccoy's lack of production is worrisome

This season, Gerald Mccoy has not been the pass-rusher that the Buccaneers hoped he'd be. So far, he has only managed 13 pressures through the first eight weeks.

Buccaneers need their edge rushers to create more pressure

The Bucs' edge-rushers have been doing a poor job of getting after the quarterback. With just a 21.3% pass-rush win percentage, they have been unable to make a significant impact in games.

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